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Planning a short break in the Peak District?  Our National Trust guide to days out in the Peak District can help!

  • The White Peak Estate including Ilam Park and Dovedale has some beautiful walking areas, such as the stepping stones shown in the picture above. For the adventurous there's a 10-mile circular walk taking in the Estate with limestone caves, (the stepping stones) and spectacular scenery.  Our holiday cottage Valley View offers immediate access to this area, so is ideal for exploring The White Peak Estate.  
  • Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood.  The late seventeenth century Hall has many highlights including a Gainsborough of Lady Vernon, a 1930s kitchen, an amazing long gallery, great staircase, carvings in the dining room and some stunning ceiling paintings. And if you are a Jane Austin fan walk in the steps of Mr Darcy, as Sudbury Hall was used for the 1996 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.  The Museum of Childhood reopens in February half-term where you can visit a Victorian school and museum.
  • Eyam House and Craft Centre. A Jacobean Manor with a walled garden, two kitchens, family portraits of the Wright family lived in by 11 generations.  There's a craft centre in the stable yard with local crafspeople and special gifts including Eyam Real Ale, Hartington Cheese, recycled handcrafted wood, pre-loved books and a cafe.  A scenic walk around Eyam is also a must do. 
  • Lyme Park, House and Garden. Step back into the Regency era and the life of Thomas Leigh of Lyme, a great traveller, romantic hero and entrepeneur.  The house is glorious and the gardens are well worth visiting with stunning views and an ancient deer herd.  

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Half term is nearly here and if you are planning a trip to the Peak District with the family there's plenty to do. Here's a selection of some of our family favourites.

At Matlock Bath every Saturday there are fireworks, which begin at 9 pm.  The annual illuminations are also on running to 29 October.  This is a spectacular display not to be missed.  We suggest either arriving early as car parks get extremely busy or use the park and ride options.

Crich Tramway Village is a fabulous family day out.  Over half term the whole site will be illuminated with the starlight special.  All the family with love that.  From Mon 24 to Wed 26 October there's a Harry Potter look-a-like theme and on Thurs 27 October it is super heroes day, so come dressed as your favourite!  What's more there's a Christmas market on 29 and 30 October for early Christmas shopping ideas. 

If you want to get the Halloween vibe going there's nowhere better than Alton Towers.  A dis-used mine is being reopened at Altonville mine tours which will including chilling secrets in a very scary tour.  There's a scare maze too and after dark two scare zones open in the park.  

For a fascinating glimpse into our industrial heritage a visit to Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site is a must. From 23 to 30 Oct each mill will have its own story to tell set in a lovely backdrop.  There's something for all the family here.

For an active family day out we highly recommend the Monsal Trail, either a traffic free walk or cycle ride (bike hire available along the route).  In keeping with the spooky theme of Halloween the tunnels along the trail offer a creepy insight into the days of the railway and kids will love the experience of the dark and wet tunnels!  Ideal for traffic free dog walks too.  

If you are already planning for half-term 2017 be quick as our holiday cottages are booking up fast!

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Did you know that we have a quarterly newsletter?  We love the Peak District so we are always happy to talk about it! 

Coming up at the end of September the newsletter will cover a feature on Sheffield, which is becoming a foodie lovers destination.

We also talk about our top 10 guides to historic houses, market towns, farmers markets, dog friendly places, antiques, walking and so much more in the Peak District.

And what's more if you sign up to the newsletter you will be able to take advantage of an early bookers discount for 2017!

If you'd like to be added to our newsletter mailing list just let us know.

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More and more of us are taking our pets and dogs on holiday and days out.  The family holiday should be just that, a holiday for all the family including your four-legged friend.

We've been taking our dogs to the Peak District for many years and we've found some great places for a day out with your dog.

Here's are top five.  

1. Crich Tramway Village

A great day out for all the family including your dog!  On arrival collect an old penny and use this to ride the trams with your dog all day.  There's also a woodland walk and scultpure park, but dogs do need to be on a lead.   The Old Red Lion pub is a popular stopping off point on the recreated street scene and dogs are welcome here too for a refreshing drink.  There's plenty on offer for the kids too, so this really is a great day out.

2. Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone natuarly occurs.   There are fabulous chambers in the caves to see and stalactites too.  All can be explored with your dog alongside.  Dogs are welcome in the Cavern and the shop on a lead. The Cavern is located in Castleton, a lovely village worth exploring, and there are plenty of dog friendly pubs so ideal for a refresment stop.

3. Peveril Castle

Also located in Castleton are the ruins of the castle keep.  It is well worth walking up to the top for some splendid views of the Hope Valley as well as exploring the ruins including a medieval lavatory.  This is a National Trust site with an easy (but steep) path to the top and there are benches along the route.  There's a shop and interactive visitor centre with plenty of information about the Castle and its history.  Dogs are allowed on a lead.

4. Chatsworth House

Although dogs are not allowed in the house itself (please note that assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the site) this is still worth a visit with your four-legged friend.  Dogs are allowed on leads in the gardens, maze, scultpure park and waterworks so there is plenty of great outdoor space to explore.  If you are visiting the farmyard or adventure playground there are posts to tie up your dog just outside these facilities.  Posts are also provided outside the restaurant as dogs are not allowed in, but there are plenty of outdoor seating areas in the old stables area where you can sit, relax and eat with your dog.  If you want to venture further afield there are some lovely walks just outside the Chatsworth estate.  

5. Tideswell, a dog friendly Peak District village

A hidden gem in our view and a great village to spend a morning or afternoon browsing the shops, visiting the pubs and cafes, many of which are dog friendly.  Our top picks for dog friendly cafes are Vanilla Kitchen (dogs allowed inside) with great cakes, lunches and more and The Dairy Parlour cafe (dogs allowed inside) with its' own deli too.  If you fancy a pint or glass of wine The Horse and Jockey, The George, The Anchor (10 mins outside the village) and The Red Lion (nearby in Litton) are all dog friendly.  For something a bit different we've recently tried the friendly Stella's Kitchen with Caribbean, African and Tapas style food, which allows dogs inside the restaurant.  Other things to do include a visit to the Tideswell Cathedral, the Aladin's cave that is the second hand bookshop in Tideswell, the rock shop and buying some yummy supplies at Tindalls bakery and deli.  Look out for Tideswell Well Dressing in June, the Food Festival in May and the Eroica Bike ride in June.  Finally, a great dog walk can be found at Tideswell Dale, just 10 minutes outside of Tideswell.  If there are no sheep in the surrounding areas you can let your dog off the lead and its traffic free all the way to Litton Mill.  

So what's stopping you?  Take your dog with you on a day trip or holiday to the Peak District.  There's plenty for all of you to enjoy!

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The summer holidays are here and you are about to head off to the Peak District for a family holiday.

There are so many things to do in the Peak District that you are spoilt for choice whatever the weather.

In fact there is so much to choose from that we have put together a series of top 10 guides to the Peak District.

These include: things to do with your teenager or toddler; top 10 dog friendly pubs and days out; top 10 historic houses; activity days out; Peak District villages; places to spot wildlife and even our top 10 cafes.  The list doesn't stop there so why not take a look and find something for you?

Visit Peak top 10 guides

Let us know if you find something that you'd like us to add to the list of top 10s! 

Happy holidays! 

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Our dog friendly holiday cottages welcome up to five dogs.  So why not take your dog or dogs on a self catering holiday with you?

Here are our top five things to do in the Peak District with your dog; of course number one should really be getting outside with your dog and going for a walk.  There are so many to choose from including some traffic free walks like the Monsal Trail. But for a dog friendly day out here are some of our favourites.  


Crich Tramway Museum

Dogs are welcome on the site and are able to ride on the trams.  There is also a woodland walk and sculpture walk too but dogs do have to remain on the lead. The Crich Tramway Museum is one of the few museums that does not charge for dogs and it is recommended as dog friendly by The Dogs Trust.  We love the fact that they would rather dogs enjoy the family day out than be left in the car, which of course would be dangerous in hot weather. 


Treak Cliff Cavern


Dogs are welcome at all times at Treak Cliff Cavern in Castleton.   There are also numerous dog-friendly pubs in Castleton so you can always pop into one after your visit to the caverns.


Peveril Castle


And while you are in Castleton why not take your dog to see the fabulous views over the town from Peveril Castle?   Climb to the castle at the top of the hill with your dog to enjoy breath-taking views over the Hope Valley.  Dogs are welcome at the site but they do have to be kept on a lead.  In Castleton there are lovely walks around the area, so this is a great place to base a doggy and family day out.  


Peak Rail


Take journey into the past on the Peak Rail’s heritage railway line. It currently runs between Rowsley and Matlock with dogs being welcome travellers.  All trains have a buffet car and there is a special adapted carriage for wheelchair users. There are also a number of dog friendly pubs and cafes in close proximity to Matlock station.


Chatsworth House


Chatsworth House will allow your dogs in the gardens, parkland, maze, waterworks, and sculpture areas as long as they are kept on a lead.  There are 1000 acres of parkland to explore, but please note if visiting the farmyard or adventure playground posts are provided where you can tie up your dog for a short time whilst enjoying these facilities.  There are also posts outside the restaurant as dogs are not allowed in here.  Assistance dogs are welcome in the house at all times.   

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